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FHH Journal’s pick of Baselworld 2018
Baselworld

FHH Journal’s pick of Baselworld 2018

Monday, 16 April 2018
By The FHH Journal editors
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Having traipsed the aisles, scrutinized the year’s new releases and pored over the technical details, the staff at FHH Journal have made their choice. Presenting the 10 Baselworld watches that caught their eye.

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Sandblasted

A photograph could never do justice to the Octo Finissimo’s fabulous contemporary design. The only way to appreciate its complex architecture is to actually hold it in your hand and contemplate it from every angle. Sandblasting imparts a wonderful silky softness and warmth to the pink gold that gently shimmers in the light. The case and the supple bracelet adapt to the wrist like a second skin. While the finishing alone makes this a highly desirable watch, Bulgari has equipped it with the thinnest automatic movement in the world. Elegant, thin and modern, the Octo Finissimo just gets better and better! (Marie de Pimodan)

Octo Finissimo Automatic Sandblasted © Bulgari
Octo Finissimo Automatic Sandblasted © Bulgari
Zenith Pilot Cronometro Typo CP-2 Flyback

If you’re going to do vintage, you may as well go the whole hog. This remastered Cairelli – named after a chronograph that Zenith made in the 1960s for A. Cairelli, a retailer in Rome who ordered 2,500 for the Italian army – is the real deal. Here’s a watch you’ll enjoy living with; one whose bronze case will age gracefully while the El Primero movement harks back to a golden age. Proof that robust can be refined. (Christophe Roulet)

Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback © Zenith
Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback © Zenith
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5270P

The perpetual calendar chronograph is very much the calling card for Patek Philippe’s complications; an idyll that began in 1941 with Ref. 1518. However, the Geneva brand really made its mark in 2011 with the Manufacture movement inside Ref. 5270. Even though this year’s iteration is by no means revolutionary, the new salmon dial and platinum case have already conquered an army of fans. (Alex Ballmer)

After the chronograph, the travel time and the annual calendar, Patek Philippe has added a Perpetual Calendar ref. 5740/1G-001 to the Nautilus collection.
After the chronograph, the travel time and the annual calendar, Patek Philippe has added a Perpetual Calendar ref. 5740/1G-001 to the Nautilus collection.
Tudor Black Bay GMT

The GMT function makes its eagerly awaited debut at Tudor. As someone who loves to travel, and a long-time fan of the Black Bay, I can already see myself stepping off a plane and checking its triple time zone display. The dial and large crown, throwbacks to Tudor’s early dive watches, add an irresistible classic sports vibe. All that at a price that won’t make a dent in my travel budget! (Isabelle Zakher)

Black Bay GMT © Tudor
Black Bay GMT © Tudor
Nomos Glashütte Autobahn

Nomos, the fast-rising star of German watchmaking, sets off on a highway to success with the Autobahn. The hour ring, set into the deep recess of the dial, has a rev-counter aesthetic and uses lume to striking effect. Everything about this watch, the work of designer Werner Aisslinger, says vintage race car. The engine isn’t to be sniffed at either: the new DUW 6101 automatic calibre packs the very best of Glashütte watchmaking into a 35.2 mm diameter and a thickness of just 3.6 mm. (Emmanuel Schneider)

Autobahn © Nomos
Autobahn © Nomos
Omega CK2998

Introduced in 1959, the Omega CK2998 returns this year with a pulsometer scale. And indeed my heart quickens at the sight of the three subdials, polished ceramic bezel, and that white enamel pulsometer scale. In my opinion, one of 2018’s best chronos. (Gregory Gardinetti)

Omega CK2998
Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph Ref. 5968A-001

Just as a professional golfer can wear a loud shirt and still master his swing, the tangy orange strap on the Aquanaut Chronograph takes nothing away from its horological clout. This includes a traditional column wheel matched with a vertical clutch inside Patek’s CH 28-520 movement. The Aquanaut’s signature not-quite-round shape is repeated in the subdial, and further echoed by the pattern on the dial and strap to create visual flow. The chrono function is limited to that 60-minute subdial, but for me this is a watch to wear for style as much as anything else. Just one beef: ditch the date! (Sandra Petch)

Aquanaut ref. 5968A-001 in black © Patek Philippe
Aquanaut ref. 5968A-001 in black © Patek Philippe
Junghans Meister Chronoscope Terrassenbau

Junghans is still something of an unfamiliar name outside its native Germany, which only adds to the thrill. Established almost 160 years ago in Schramberg in the Black Forest, it is the face of Germany’s “other” watchmaking region. Its history is all the more remarkable as the brand still produces its own movements. Even so, what most appeals about this anniversary watch -launched to mark the 100th anniversary of the Terrassenbau or “terrace building” that once housed the brand – is its design. Introduced in the 1950s, the domed shape of the dial and crystal visually slims a relatively thick chronograph movement. The unusual layout of the subdials adds to the singular aesthetic of a watch that’s as easy on the eye as it is on the wallet: €2,140 for the steel version. (Fabrice Eschmann)

Meister Chronoscope Terrassenbau © Junghans
Meister Chronoscope Terrassenbau © Junghans
Omega Speedmaster "Dark Side of the Moon" Apollo 8

Omega adds to its Speedmaster collection with this “Dark Side of the Moon” Apollo 8. Laser ablation is used to realistically reproduce the lunar surface on the skeletonised movement. The front corresponds to the light side of the Moon while the back represents the dark side – the one that only astronauts ever see. The black ceramic Omega has chosen for this lunar timepiece accentuates its visual impact. Put on some Pink Floyd and let this amazing timepiece work its magic! (Mehdi Fazlija)

Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8 © Omega
Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8 © Omega
H. Moser & Cie Venturer Small Seconds XL Purity

Its pure, clean lines are a beauty to behold. Beyond the pleasure of contemplating its midnight blue, it displays what the Italians call Solotempo, time only. Hours, minutes and seconds sweep a dial as deep and mysterious as the universe itself. If time is of the essence, then this must be the essence of time. (Gianfranco Ritschel)

Venturer Small Seconds XL Purity © H. Moser & Cie
Venturer Small Seconds XL Purity © H. Moser & Cie
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